Driking Coffee, Even Decaf May Prolong Life, New Studies Say

Ray Weaver
July 12, 2017

It showed that coffee consumption was linked with a lower risk of death from diseases like circulatory and digestive diseases.

Experts believe the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee rather than caffeine are responsible for the life-extending effect.

The researchers found that men who drank three cups of coffee a day were 18% less likely to die over the course of that period than those who didn't drink coffee at all.

In the European study, people who were drinking coffee tended to have lower levels of inflammation, healthier lipid profiles and better glucose control compared with those who weren't.

The 16-year study (which tracked more than 185,000 people) found that people who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn't drink coffee. Drink one cup per day, and the risk of dying early from those diseases decreases by 12 percent, she said.

"We found that drinking more coffee was associated with a more favourable liver function profile and immune response", explained Dr. Marc Gunter, the study's lead author. For the sake of this study, "moderate" consumption is presumed to be approximately 3 cups of coffee per day.

A report from the IARC previous year that said drinking very hot beverages - coffee, tea or otherwise - is one probable cause of cancer of the esophagus, the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach.

However, the researchers have warned that the studies, which required participants to self-report, could neglect other health behaviors shared by coffee fans, such as exercise and balanced eating.

Both studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and asked participants about their coffee drinking habits, as well as health habits including smoking, exercise and heart disease.

The study also made a point of examining the data from white, black, Latino, Japanese American and Hawaiian people separately in order to determine whether the results varied by race or ethnicity but the coffee and longevity link was preserved across the board, except for Hawaiians, it seems.

Daily consumption of coffee reduces the risk of mortality from all causes, a new study conducted by United States scientists said.

And it's unlikely that doctors will start recommending coffee as some sort of elixir, according to Veronica Setiawan, the senior researcher on one of the studies.

Regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, it had the same benefits.

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For many people, experience suggests that drinks containing caffeine can temporarily make us feel more alert.

Women drinking the same amount benefited less, but still experienced an 8% reduction in mortality over the period measured. "So perhaps we should relax and enjoy it". In other words, those coffee drinkers were living longer.

Wendy Setiawan, an epidemiologist and cancer researcher, said, "Until now, there's no data in non-whites showing protective associations between coffee and death rates and I think it's really important to show in nonwhite populations, who we know have different lifestyles, different disease risks, if we can see similar associations".

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